After a 77-42 win over Tennessee State, Arizona improved to a 10-0 record, which is the best start in program history. Although, Arizona has found itself rolling through the competition but, not without some glaring issues that head coach Adia Barnes has pointed out.
One of those issues has been rebounding the basketball. To fix those issues meant getting back to the basics of boxing your opponent out to get to the ball. However, for three quarters on Thursday night that all changed, Arizona worked Tennessee State on the glass, doubling up in the rebounding category 48-24, making for an impressive showing.
Still, some areas need improvement with PAC-12 play right around the corner. Arizona turned the ball over 24 times Thursday night, which is uncharacteristic for this team that has pride itself in playing an efficient offensive game. With winter break, and PAC-12 play right around the corner, it isn’t surprising to see any team lose a little focus. Especially, down the final stretch of a blowout game like Arizona did against Tennessee State.
The biggest take away from the game was seeing another stellar performance from So. forward Cate Reese. Reese put up 23-points and collected six rebounds along the way. Last season Reese averaged 11.8 ppg as a freshman looking great in some games and lost in others. This season she has averaged 14.3 ppg and nine rebounds establishing herself as Arizona’s second option on offense.
Arizona will host their final non-conference game against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 21st at 1 p.m. local time. After that, they will hit the ground running opening up conference play versus rival ASU on the road in Tempe.